Published: 20 January, 2020
Autumn & Winter is a magical time in the South West for a self catering holiday on the North Devon coast. It’s still warm enough to spend long days surfing with the appropriate (wet/dry suit), exploring and walking along the shore, but the kids have gone back to school and the beach is much quieter than in the summer months. This year, we are offering a variety of dog friendly winter breaks luxury self-catering cottages and we can provide flexible arrival and departure dates outside the school holidays. Now is the perfect time to book a relaxing dog friendly winter break in Westward Ho! North Devon, in the meantime, here are a few of our favourite things to do on the North Devon coast from November to February.
Walking the Dog on the Beach
Winter is a wonderful time for a stroll along the seashore. Westward Ho! Beach stretches for more than two miles from the village towards Appledore and the Torridge estuary in Bideford. Stop for a coffee, chat to other dogwalkers and enjoy stunning views across Bideford Bay towards Lundy Island. The weather is still mild in autumn, but the beach is much quieter, so there’s loads of space for dogs and their owners to stretch their legs. The council’s rules on where dogs can be walked at Westward Ho! are lifted at the end of September, too, so you can explore the entire Blue Flag beach without worrying about straying into a restricted zone.
Visiting dog friendly places to eat.
Here at Westward Living in our luxurious self catering holiday cottages, we are spoilt for choice of great places to enjoy a meal with your four-legged buddy. Once of our favourite places to take the dog for a bite to eat is The Pig on the Beach. This beachfront restaurant and bar is about a 20-25 min walk from your cottage along our private access onto the South West Coastal Footpath. You and your dog will pass all the fabulous rock pools on the way to the village. The Pig on the Beach is in the centre of Westward Ho! it’s dog friendly and has excellent views.
Geocaching with your dog
How about a doggy digital treasure hunt to keep you both fit and enjoy the natural beauty of North Devon. All you need to do is grab a smartphone and download the app https://www.geocaching.com/play Devon has a whopping 25,000 geocaches, its free, it’s fun and its quality time with you and your loved four legged friend.
Exploring the South West Coastal Footpath
The world famous South West Coastal Foot Path Has over 630 miles of coastline to see and explore. All our cottages have direct access onto the path, we would love to help you discover a walk that works for both you and your dog.
Relaxing in a dog friendly cottage
What better way than to rest your wearing limbs and paws in a comfy cottage with underfloor heating and a hot tub. All of our doggy guests receive a bespoke welcome gifts of locally sourced treats for tummy’s and paws, we also private dog bowls and super comfy dog beds for them to enjoy during their stay with us.
For more information about our dog friendly short breaks and to find out which cottage works best for you, call us on 01237 238967 or email us on [email protected]